[Karl Dresch] You called yourself and everyone else patriots, but that's not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a head of state. — Judge Amy Berman Jackson
[Karl Dresch] You called yourself and everyone else patriots, but that's not patriotism. Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a head of state. — Judge Amy Berman Jackson
Judge to Capitol riot defendant: 'Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution'
"You called yourself and everyone else patriots, but that's not patriotism," Judge Amy Berman Jackson said of defendant Karl Dresch. "Patriotism is loyalty to country, loyalty to the Constitution, not loyalty to a head of state. That is the tyranny we rejected on July 4."

Jackson, known for her sharp criticism of the Trump administration's moves, called Dresch an "enthusiastic participant" in the effort "to subvert democracy, to stop the will of the people and replace it with the will of the mob."

The federal court in Washington, DC, has repeatedly acted as a referee about the severity of the January 6 attack, with several judges expressing their disgust with defendants' actions and the shocking violence and details being made public as Capitol riot cases move through the courts and prosecutors reveal evidence they've gathered.


Dresch, 41, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol building, which has become a typical plea deal that the Justice Department has offered to nonviolent rioters who did not go far into the building. Jackson sentenced Dresch to six months in jail. He will be released Wednesday because he has been in jail since mid-January and will receive credit for time already served.

During the hour-long hearing, Jackson pointed to Dresch's posts on social media, before and after the riot, which liken January 6 to a revolution, call the day a "total victory" and say that "traitors" in Congress now "know who's really in charge," as evidence of how many people continue to reject the results of the election and how self-described revolutionaries could be pushed to act again.

"The defendant did not spend six months in jail because he is a political prisoner. He was not prosecuted for his political views," Jackson said. "The defendant came to the Capitol because he placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying to him."
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